|Travis — Where You Stand (2013)|
Travis — Where You Stand
≡ "You stay away as long as it takes, so you feel that hunger and desire to get back to it same as you did at the start." — Dougie Payne (born Douglas Payne, 14 November 1972)
≡ Where You Stand is the seventh album from Travis. The harmonic pop, piano solo and jangling guitars will be instantly recognisable to fans of the Scottish quartet – Fran Healy, Dougie Payne, Andy Dunlop and Neil Primrose – who have recorded this album in London, Norway, New York as well as Berlin’s legendary Hansa studios, where the sounds for their breakthrough hit ‘The Man Who’.
≡ Travis is one of the most successful bands to come out of the modern Brit-Pop scene, known for their hit singles including “Why Does It Always Rain On Me?”, “Sing” and “Departed” - inspiring bands like Coldplay and Keane who came after them. In fact, Coldplay’s Chris Martin calls himself a “poor man’s Fran Healy,” referring to Travis’s lead singer and chief songwriter. It’s understandable why Martin, and others of his ilk, would feel that way, when you realize that Travis’s second album “The Man Who” was bought by one in eight British households and the band went on to sell over ten million records worldwide, won the BRIT (the UK’s equivalent to the Grammy) for Best British Group twice, and Healy himself is an Ivor Novello Songwriter of the Year, the UK’s highest honor given to songwriters.
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Album release: August 19th, 2013
Recorded: January 2011 — June 2013 at Ocean Sound Recordings, Giske, Norway and Hansa Tonstudio, Berlin
Record Label: Red Telephone Box / Kobalt Label Services
Duration: 42:07 (classic CD)
01. Mother (3:59)
02. Moving (4:32)
03. Reminder (3:22)
04. Where You Stand (3:40)
05. Warning Sign (3:51)
06. Another Guy (3:41)
07. A Different Room (3:58)
08. New Shoes (3:34)
09. On My Wall (2:53)
10. Boxes (4:22)
11. The Big Screen (4:16)
Deluxe edition bonus tracks:
13. "Parallel Lines (Daydream)"
≡ Fran Healy — lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1990–present)
≡ Dougie Payne — bass guitar, backing vocals (1994–present)
≡ Andy Dunlop — lead guitar, banjo, backing vocals (1990–present)
≡ Neil Primrose — drums, percussion (1990–present)
≡ Geoff Martyn — keyboards (1990–1994)
≡ Chris Martyn — bass guitar (1990–1994)
≡ The album was released in a number of different formats, including a standard digital release, containing eleven tracks, with registration to access all areas; Standard physical release, with eleven tracks, with fourteen page roll-fold booklet and registration to access all areas; Deluxe physical release, with thirteen tracks, with bonus tracks "Anniversary" and "Parallel Lines (Daydream)", plus DVD with the making of the album and 'Where You Stand' music video, and registration to access all areas; Heavyweight vinyl release, with eleven tracks, with registration to access all areas and code for download version of the album; Super deluxe box set, including deluxe thirteen track CD album with bonus DVD, heavyweight vinyl release with 11 tracks, code for download version of the album, registration to access all areas, a vinyl sleeve signed by the band, 12" x 12" art photo of the band, T-shirt designed by Fran Healy, all kept in a collector's edition presentation box; and a special Japanese deluxe edition with exclusive bonus track "Ferris Wheel".
≡ Deluxe CD/DVD edition includes two additional tracks plus a bonus DVD containing a documentary on the making of the album. 2013 album from the Scottish Alt-Rock/Pop band. Travis return after a five year hiatus with their seventh album Where You Stand. Sounding and looking more invigorated than ever, the band has delivered an album of effortless, melodic Pop gems produced by 'Super Swede' Michael Ilbert (The Hives/The Cardigans/The Wannadies). Written and recorded across London, Norway, New York, and taking in a production stint at Berlin's legendary Hansa Studios, the band recorded the songs on the same sound deck that produced both OK Computer and their own breakthrough album The Man Who.
≡ "Travis, one of the UK’s best known bands, return after a five year hiatus with their seventh album Where You Stand, out August 19th on their own re-launched label Red Telephone Box via Kobalt Label Services.
≡ Sounding and looking more invigorated than ever, the Scottish band, with “Super Swede” Michael Ilbert (The Hives/The Cardigans/The Wannadies) on production duties have delivered an album of effortless, melodic pop gems.
≡ Written and recorded across London, Norway, New York, and taking in a production stint at Berlin’s legendary Hansa Studios (as enjoyed particularly by Bowie-fanatic Payne, who revelled in layering famous synthesisers of Low fame onto ‘A Different Room’), the band ended up recording the songs on the same sound desk that produced both ‘Ok Computer’ and their own breakthrough album ‘The Man Who’.
≡ “You stay away as long as it takes,” says bassist Dougie Payne on the band’s well-judged fallow period, “so you feel that hunger and desire to get back to it same as you did at the start.”
New fans will not be won, but the initiated will be delighted...
Words: Gareth James; 05 · 08 · 2013
≡ Unfairly maligned for favouring gentle melodies and the fragility of Fran Healy’s delicate vocals, Travis have become something of a synonym for bedwetter indie, irrespective of the fact that they’re currently producing some of the finest music of their career to date.
≡ There are at least half a dozen punch-the-air melodies on ‘Where You Stand’, including the title track’s mid-paced affirmation of love and the winningly perky ‘On My Wall’.
≡ Lyrically, the odd line prompts a wince, but when the indie jangle ratio is this high, it’s hard to complain.
≡ New fans will not be won, but the initiated will be delighted.
≡ Travis released their debut album, 'Good Feeling', in 1997. Their 1999 album 'The Man Who', topped the UK's Official Album Chart and was that year's biggest selling record in the UK, shifting over 2.7 million copies. It was followed by 2001's 'The Invisible Band', which again took the Number One spot on the UK's Official Album Chart.
≡ Fender Jazz Bass
≡ Fender Precision Bass
≡ Lakland Joe Osborne Basses
≡ Music Man Stingray
≡ Epiphone Rivoli Bass
≡ 1970s Fender Jazz Bass Natural Sunburst
≡ 1970s Fender Jazz Bass Natural White
≡ 1970s Fender Jazz Bass Natural Black
≡ 1956 Fender Precison Bass Sunburst
≡ Payne was born in the south side of Glasgow, and was educated at Woodfarm High School. He was also a member of the local 28th Glasgow (Giffnock) Scout Group in his youth. He went on to become a student at the Glasgow School of Art, where he met the band's singer, Fran Healy. They teamed up to form Glass Onion (named after a Beatles' song), later renaming themselves Travis. Originally Payne was not part of Glass Onion, which featured two other members, but when they left he was asked to play for the band. At the time of being asked, Payne had never touched a bass guitar in his life; for weeks he refused to do it, until finally he agreed.
≡ Although he is better known for his bass guitar playing, vocals and chirpy grins in his many photo shoots, Payne has written songs of his own. Tracks such as "The Score", "Know Nothing" and "Good for Nothing" were all penned by Payne and have featured as b-sides on the band's more recent singles. Payne also sings lead vocals on some b-sides, for example "A Little Bit of Soul", the reverse flip of "Flowers in the Window", and also on "The Distance" from Singles. He has also written the song "Colder" which features on The Boy With No Name and three of the songs from the sixth album Ode to J. Smith, including single Something Anything, which is the first Travis single not to be written by Fran Healy. Payne also played bass on much of the Divine Comedy album Victory for the Comic Muse and appeared as a backing vocalist on the song Tumble and Fall from Feeder's album Pushing the Senses.
≡ Payne has been married to actress Kelly Macdonald since 2003.
≡ In November 2007, it was announced on the Travisonline message board that Payne was to become a father for the first time, making him the last member of the band Travis to do so. Freddie Peter Payne, his son with Macdonald, was born on 9 March 2008. Their second son, Theodore, was born on 8 December 2012.
ANDY GILL; FRIDAY 16 AUGUST 2 Score: ****
≡ Good Feeling (1997)
≡ The Man Who (1999)
≡ The Invisible Band (2001)
≡ 12 Memories (2003)
≡ The Boy with No Name (2007)
≡ Ode to J. Smith (2008)
≡ Where You Stand (2013)
|Travis — Where You Stand (2013)|